When you think “healthy dinner,” what’s the first word that comes to mind? If you instantly said “salad,” you’re not alone, but you’re also not alone in the boredom of munching on lettuce every. single. day.
Thankfully, salads aren’t the only way to eat your veggies, and these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps are evidence you can spice up your dinner menu while still hitting the health factor of your go-to bowl of greens.
The secret ingredient to making this meal a total plant-based hit? Lightlife Plant-Based Ground, which uses recognizable ingredients to bring you all the flavor you’d expect from traditional ground beef, but packs in a whole lot of plant power thanks to pea protein and beet powder, plus extra flavor from garlic and coconut oil. (Psst: Score it in the meat section at your grocery store.)
These Asian-inspired lettuce wraps are evidence you can spice up your dinner menu while still hitting the health factor of your go-to bowl of greens.
If you’re not convinced peas and beets could taste like the real thing, mixing up this combo of fresh ginger, soy sauce, Korean red chiles, and other veggie goodness will make you a believer, whether you’re aiming to be a bit healthier or just trying to to add some variety to your diet.
And on hot days when just the thought of turning on your stove makes you sweat, this recipe works great on the grill—just heat your pan or cast-iron skillet over the grates like an indoor burner and voila: You’re a plant-based grill master, no salad boredom involved.
Photos and Recipe: Carla Contreras for Well+Good
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened (a little color is okay), about 3 minutes.
Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1–2 more minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and the Lightlife Plant-Based Ground. Cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and tossing occasionally, until the protein is cooked through, about 5–7 minutes.
Serve the Lightlife Plant-Based Ground mixture on the lettuce leaves, and pile on the garnishes!
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